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What type of addiction treatment should I do if I work and have kids?

What type of addiction treatment should I do if I work and have kids?

AA, NA counseling: Not everybody with an addiction needs a 30 inpatient rehab. Alcoholics anonymous or narcotic anonymous meetings are almost universal in locations, times of day, and are free! intensive out patient is another options which may include classes several times per week often in the evenings. Individual counseling with someone familar with addiction is also an option. See your doctor as well for advice. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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I have pectus excavatum and I have low tolerance for exercise because of it. Can I do sports like track and field or should I see my doctor first?

I have pectus excavatum and I have low tolerance for exercise because of it. Can I do sports like track and field or should I see my doctor first?

You can do sports: You are fine to do aerobic activities and can probably improve your endurance. Indications for repair of pectus excavatum are a severe deformity (Haller >3.2) and cardiorespiratory symptoms, like yours. You should see a doctor and have studies ordered to work this up (chest CT, ECHO, PFT's), as this condition is likely to get worse with pubertal growth. You may benefit from having this fixed. ...Read more

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If I have never been tested for add or ADHD how do I go about doing so? What physicians does one see for this type of tests?

If I have never been tested for add or ADHD how do I go about doing so? What physicians does one see for this type of tests?

Good to get tested: You need to see a psychologist or neuropsychologist to get these tests. Psychiatrists can give rating scales, but i find cognitive performance testing far more reliable and indicative of the disorder. Especially in adults. ...Read more

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I had hand surgery what kind of drug i need to use as antibiotics and what physical activity I should have to avoid?

I had hand surgery what kind of drug i need to use as antibiotics and what physical activity I should have to avoid?

Hand surgery: Many hand surgeries go not require antibiotics during the postoperative period. Restrictions can be critical to a good outcome. I would contact your treating physician to make sure your limitations are clear. ...Read more

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What to do if I have chronic insomnia. What to do if I have tried several and can't find one that works. any opinions on the best or worse?

What to do if I have chronic insomnia. What to do if I have tried several and can't find one that works. any opinions on the best or worse?

Behavioral Changes: Better and safer to treat with lifestyle and behavior changes (why do you have insomnia ?) than with drugs. Do you have any underlying physical problems, such as sleep apnea or frequent acid reflux ? A good Dr can help you sort through the options.. ...Read more

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I was never diagnosed with add/adha child and i did some research and i feel I have many of the symptoms. What steps can I take to see if I have add?

See your doctor: By definition add/adhd has its onset before age 5. However, some people are able to cope with the symptoms if the condition is mild enough. If your symptoms are bothering you or interfering with your life, i would suggest scheduling an appointment with your doctor to discuss the options. ...Read more

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What kind of treatment can I get for a goiter when I am allergic to iodine and do not want surgery?

What kind of treatment can I get for a goiter when I am allergic to iodine and do not want surgery?

Goiter: Work with your team, your doc. If you have graves disease and radioactive iodine was recommended, there are several additional medications with benefit. Initial therapy and subsequent result is important for you and your doc to determine subsequent treatments. Don't avoid all care over your iodine and surgery limits. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a lot of problems with allergies. Help!?

What should I do if I have a lot of problems with allergies. Help!?

See an allergist: An allergist is specifically trained to have expertise in the diagnosis and management of allergies. While there is not a "cure" for allergies, a well trained, board certified allergist can work with you to develop an individualized plan to help you. Find an allergist---find relief! ...Read more

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How can I pick the best doctor to treat my eye cancer? I've just been diagnosed with eye cancer, and i'm not sure what to do. I know i need a doctor, and I have a couple of names, but i'm not sure what to ask them or how to recognize someone who will do a

How can I pick the best doctor to treat my eye cancer? I've just been diagnosed with eye cancer, and i'm not sure what to do. I know i need a doctor, and I have a couple of names, but i'm not sure what to ask them or how to recognize someone who will do a

There : There are different forms of "eye cancer." one could have a malignancy involving the eye surface or a cancer involing the inside of the ey (uveal melanoma). There are regional centers of excellence for the treatment of these rare conditions. If your eye doctor is up to speed, they should know your regions experts in this area. Often these individuals are associated with univeristies, but not always. While primary care specialists are tremendous resources when talking about your region's best systemic oncologists, I have found them not super helpful providing advice on where to go for "ocular oncology." therefore your best advice on where to go should come from an eye care professional. ...Read more

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How should I deal with my sickel skills disease, and what type of sports should I do, and what type of sports should I do?

How should I deal with my sickel skills disease, and what type of sports should I do, and what type of sports should I do?

Sickle cell: Keep yourself well hydrated. Do not smoke. Keep yourself from getting obese. Flu and pneumonia shots are important because in acute infection sickling increases. Hydroxyurea can reduce the frequency and intensity of crises. Transfusions may be needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think I have Menorrhagia. What types of tests are used to determine if I do have it and why?

I think I have Menorrhagia. What types of tests are used to determine if I do have it and why?

US & Blood Tests: Menorrhagia/Heavy Menstrual Bleeding is any period bleeding that leads to soaking a pad/tampon more than every 2hrs, interferes w/ daily activities, or lasts >7days. There are many causes: fibroids, polyp, hormonal imbalance (TSH/Prog/Estr), adenomyosis, bleeding disorders and cancer. Get checked out. Taking progesterone (pills/IUD) can help to thin the uterine lining so you don't bleed as much. ...Read more

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Im currently on HRT gel what do you think of it and do you have other treatment you would recommend?

Im currently on HRT gel what do you think of it and do you have other treatment you would recommend?

Generally U R fine, : Sympt. Relief important. Topic broad, there are types of hormones, estrogen and progesterone. In post menopausel women, combined hormes, for those with a uterus, confers a roughly 43/10, 000/yr risk of issues that would not otherwise occur. Estrogen alone, 7/10, 000. Avg age in study 63. Consider cost, Estradiol oral or low dose ocp, cheap. Safety oftransdermal , bioidentical over oral speculative. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father has type 2 diabetes and I am having type 1, will my children also get it although if I take precautions?

What do you suggest if my father has type 2 diabetes and I am having type 1, will my children also get it although if I take precautions?

Hard to know: Your children have the genetic predisposition to both types of diabetes. There is no way to prevent Type 1 diabetes, but you should be mindful of the symptoms including excessive thirst/urination, weight loss, and urinary accidents. Prevention of Type 2 diabetes involves making healthy food and exercise choices to achieve a healthy weight. Avoiding tobacco and alcohol are also important. ...Read more

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I have some symptoms of borderline personality disorder. How do I know for sure if I have it and how do I treat my symptoms?

I have some symptoms of borderline personality disorder. How do I know for sure if I have it and how do I treat my symptoms?

Borderline: Is a personality disorder characterized by severe mood fluctuations, chaotic unstable interpersonal relationships, disturbed identity & self-image, chronic feelings of emptiness, impulsivity, chronic recurrent suicidal behaviors, transient paranoea or dissociation, & inability to control anger. Treatment is Dialectical Behavior Therapy & medications. ...Read more

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Why does it seem like i always have some type of health problem? How do I get checked out and treated for everything?

Why does it seem like i always have some type of health problem? How do I get checked out and treated for everything?

You cant: Do the best you can do with diet, exeercise, appropriate medications and no smoking. No one can see the future. Live the best you can every day or you squander your life opportunities. ...Read more